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Giovan Battista Tiepolo: Rachel Hides her Father's Idols

Giovan Battista Tiepolo 1696 – 1770

Rachel Hides her Father's Idols

fresco (400 × 500 cm) — 1726 - 1729 Museum Palazzo Patriarcale, Udine

Giovan Battista Tiepolo biography

This work is linked to Genesis 31:35

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To compensate for a lack of dowry, Rachel takes her father's statues of familiars (terafim) when she sets out for Canaan with her husband Jacob. Her father, Laban, catches up with them and demands his possessions back. Jacob does not know what Rachel has done. Rachel is shown sitting in the saddle with the statues, claiming she cannot get up since she is menstruating.

Presumably Tiepolo used himself as a model for Jacob.

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